Doar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Doar is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Doar family lived in Herefordshire. The family settled in Dore in that county, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

Early Origins of the Doar family

The surname Doar was first found in Herefordshire at Dore Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey in the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley. The abbey was founded in 1147 by Robert fitzHarold of Ewyas, the Lord of Ewyas Harold, and derives it name from the River Dore, a Celtic river-name meaning "the waters." [1]

"This parish derives its name from its situation on the river Dore, and from an abbey of White or Cistercian monks, founded here in the reign of Stephen, by Robert, son of Harold, Lord of Ewyas, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Edmund." [2]

Dore is also a village in South Yorkshire which is listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle c. 829 when King Egbert of Wessex led his army to the village to receive the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria. Some claim that Egbert became the first king of England at Dore. Today the "Dore Stone," located on the village green commemorates King Egbert's victory.

Early History of the Doar family

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Doar Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Doar has been recorded under many different variations, including Dore, Dorey, Dory, Dorie, Doar, Doare, Doore, Doorey, Doorie and many more.

Early Notables of the Doar family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Doar family to Ireland

Some of the Doar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Doar migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Doars were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Doar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Doar, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Doar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Doar, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
  • Mathias Doar, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Doar (post 1700) +

  • John Andrew Doar (1921-2014), American lawyer and senior counsel with the law firm Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack in New York City, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Michael Doar (b. 1921), American lawyer, co-founder senior counsel with the law firm Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack, New York, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • William Walter Doar Jr., American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate 16th District, 1972-76 [4]
  • Julian Doar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1972 [4]
  • Carl Martin Doar (b. 1983), English cricketer who played on the Derbyshire Cricket Board in 2001

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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